LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying the suspect who cut the catalytic converters off church vans.
“It creates a different kind of reaction in people in general that somebody attacks the church. Somebody takes something away from the church, which is supposedly a giving organization already,” said Stephen Young of the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office says that on December 23 a suspect cut catalytic converters off of church vans at Sweet Springs Baptist Church in Ardmore.
The suspect was caught on video.
The pricey part is designed to help reduce car emissions and manage gas mileage, but of late, thieves have been targeting them across the country.
“There have been some instances where catalytic converters were taken in different parts of the county,” said Young.
Kevin Call, who owns Kevin’s Auto Repair in Huntsville, said thieves have been mining them for their metals.
“Catalytic converters have platinum and palladium in them, so it’s precious metal. They’re selling them to scrap yards where they to do with them what they want,” said Call.
Call added that replacing them can be expensive. “You could be talking $1,000 dollars, you could be talking $2,500 dollars for parts and labor depending on how many catalytic converters are on that vehicle,” said Call.
A pastor at Sweet Springs Baptist Church said the congregation had been lucky enough to be gifted new catalytic converters by a generous local body shop, Athens Muffler.
If you have any information, call 256-232-0111.